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Saturday 19 August 2017

Hot off the presses: 900th issue of iconic magazine

ICONIC music magazine Hot Press is celebrating an impressive milestone - its 900th issue has just hit the shelves.

The very first issue of the famous publication was printed in 1977, with the company producing a new magazine every fortnight for almost 40 years.

The first ever cover star was rock star Rory Gallagher, and choosing to stay true to their Irish roots, the cover of this fortnight's special collectors edition features Ham Sandwich singer Niamh Farrell lying naked in a pile of past issues.

While the racy cover might raise a few eyebrows, it's nothing that the magazine isn't used to, after a near-naked portrait of pop legend Madonna caused many shops to ban the magazine back in 1993.

Hot Press has never been a magazine to shy away from controversy and the 900th issue will feature a look back on the 'Notorious Nine' - a series of interviews with Charlie Haughey, Bertie Ahern, Mary Robinson, Gerry Adams, John Gilligan, Michael Cleary, Gay Byrne, Courtney Love and Tommy Tiernan.

A host of well-known Irish people have contributed, including President Michael D Higgins, Mark Feehily, Kodaline, Glen Hansard, Joseph O'Connor, Sharon Corr and Charlene McKenna.

Editor Niall Stokes said: "Looking back through our 899 issues to date has brought back some amazing memories," he said.

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"It's been an incredible rollercoaster, but there is, I think, a lot there for everyone who worked with the magazine to be very proud of.

"We've produced a magazine every 14 days, more or less, since 1977 and have been through some incredible highs with our readers," he said.

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